Did you know that in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 14% of the population undertook a household move; that’s approximately 40 million people! There are many reasons why people move including housing, employment or to be nearer friends and family. Moving to a new home is stressful, but if you move interstate or even to a new neighborhood, it can take time to settle in. Follow these tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Get local knowledge
Who knows an area better than a local real estate agent? Not very many people! Local real estate agents are your eyes on the ground for properties, but you should also ask them for advice and guidance as to which neighborhood would suit your lifestyle. For example,Dean-Smith Realty share their knowledge on Knowville, to ensure that you chose to live in a neighborhood that you will enjoy, and not just one that you can afford.
Get out of your comfort zone
The temptation will be to stay in because you don’t have any local friends to go out with, but this just feeds the cycle. Get out of your comfort zone and force yourself to interact with others. Get out of your comfort zone and make a concerted effort to push yourself to make new connections. This may mean taking the dog on a busier route than usual or booking yourself into a gym class. Over time a nod of recognition may develop into a hello, and over time a conversation may occur.
You may be feeling isolated and nervous at having to get out there and meet people, so try and push these emotions aside when you are out and about. You will be projecting these feelings to the people you meet. You will be familiar with the phrase ‘fake it until you make it,’ so stand tall and proud, smile and give eye contact.
If you are passionate about a hobby or activity, identify a local club that you can join. You’ll have the opportunity to meet people who share your interest in a relaxed and fun environment. Volunteering is a great way meet new people and make meaningful relationships. If you have children, join the PTA. Spending time with people that you share a common interest with is the first step to developing a network.
Host a party
Inviting your new neighbors to a meet and greet party is a great way to introduce your family to them. It doesn’t have to be a formal affair, rather a relaxed low-key event that can be a valuable icebreaker. If you are working, invite your new colleagues too. People are often shy to make the first step of introduction despite their intention, so an informal gathering is the perfect solution. You will find that people are more than welcoming once the first step has been taken.
Moving home is stressful, and people often concentrate their efforts in the organizing and preparation of the move, and neglect to apply the same sense of due care and attention to settling in. It takes time and effort to establish yourself into a community, but if you do, you will reap the rewards.